Franchezza at Taylor Music Center

Saturday, June 29, 2019, 11AM-2:15PM

Franchezza Schedule

11:00 – 11:15   #1

Bach Prelude English Suite No. 2 in A minor, BMV 807 

Chopin Waltz in B Minor, Op. 69 No. 2

Beethoven Sonata in G Major Op. 49 No. 2- 1st mvt


11:15 – 11:30   #2

Mozart Sonata in G Major, K 283 1st Mvt

Scarlatti Sonata in E Major, K 380

Beethoven Sonata in G Major  Op. 49 No. 2- 1st Mvt

Maykapar Raging Torrent Op. 33 No. 18


11:30- 11:45    #3

Bach French Suite V, BMV 816

Beethoven Sonata No. 5 in C Minor Op. 10 No. 1

Mendelssohn Rondo Capriccioso Op. 11 No. 5


11: 45 – Noon  #4

Beethoven Sonata No. 17 in D minor Op. 31, Movement III.       Allegretto

Chopin Nocturne No. 20 in C Sharp Minor Op. Posth. 


Noon – 12:15   #5

Mozart Fantasie in D Minor K. 397

Haydn Sonata in E Minor (Hob XVI: 34)

Tchaikovsky  June Bacarolle from “The Seasons”


1:00 – 1:15     #6

Mozart Rondo in D, K 485

Chopin Nocturne in D Flat Major

Mozkowski Etude in F Major Op.72 No. 6


1:15 – 1:30     #7

Mozart Sonata No. 14 in C Minor- 1st Mvt

Rachmaninoff Etude Tableaux Op. 33 No 2 in C Major

Rachmaninoff Etude Tableaux Op. 39 No 1 in C Minor


1:30 – 1:45     #8

Beethoven Sonata No. 6 in F Major Op. 10 No. 2, 1st mvt

Liszt Tarantella Venezia e Napoli


1:45 – 2:00     #9

Chopin Etude in C# Minor Op. 25 No. 7

Beethoven Sonata No. 17 in D Minor Op. 31 No. 2


2:00- 2:15       #10

Beethoven Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major

            “Les Adieux” Op. 81 -1st mvt 

Strauss-Grünfeld Die Fledermaus, Op.56 

Franchezza Jurors


French Harpist Coline-Marie Orliac adds to her growing recording career releasing her first solo album “Harpistically Yours, Chopin” featuring her own arrangements of Chopin’s solo piano works and songs. A digital release together with Achilles Liarmakopoulos introducing trombone and harp duets has just come out. For her first CD appearance (Naxos) she performs her USA International Competition prize winning piece by Chiayu Hsu.

An active and sought-after soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Orliac performed at Festivals both in Europe and the US, including the Festival de Musique in St. Barthélemy, the Newport Music Festival, the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, the Festival d’Aix-en Provence, the Spivakov Festival in Moscow as well as the 10th World Harp Congress in Amsterdam. In 2011 Maxim Vengerov invited her to join the Sinfonia Varsovia at the Festival de Musique de Menton, where she performed Ravel’s Tzigane with him.

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elina christova

Lauded for her deeply considered interpretations, facile pianism, and sure musical instincts, Elina Christova is a versatile pianist equally comfortable in all styles of her instrument’s repertoire but with a particular affinity for modern and contemporary music. Discovering an innate fascination for the music of Alexander Scriabin, since 2013 Elina has been performing his entire published piano works in a series of recitals. In 2017 she performed a series of all-Scriabin recitals at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Westport, Faust Harrison Pianos in Fairfield, and Ignacio Cervantes Hall in Havana, Cuba. in July 2018 she will be presenting a program featuring Scriabin’s evolution through his piano sonatas at the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia.

In May 2017 Elina was invited to play a concert at Weill Recital Hall as part of the Musical Treasures of Bulgaria series. Together with violinist Stanichka Dimitrova, she performed the Sonata for Violin and Piano by the Bulgarian-born jazz pianist and composer Milcho Leviev. Stanichka and Elina recorded the sonata at Scholes Street Studio in Brooklyn, and went on to perform several more concerts together in New York and Connecticut.

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pez reitz

Pej Reitz, pianist, is a native of the Binghamton Area. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance with accompanying emphasis. She attended Boston University, New England Conservatory and Binghamton University. She has studied piano with Jean Casadesus, Victor Rosenbaum, Seymour Fink and Walter Ponce and accompanying with Allen Rogers. She has accompanied throughout the United States, in England, South America, Spain and at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. She was a winner of the Artistic Ambassadors Program by the United States Information Agency in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the performing arts.

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Saturday’s Schedule

  • 9am-3pm. Competitions full schedule forthcoming. Pianists will not be listed by name. However, each contestant will be identified at each site by photo and biography in a program.
  • The Franchezza Competition (under 16 years of age) will be held at the Emerson Auditorium at the Taylor Music Center (across the lawn from the Chapel).
  • The Capriccio Competition (16- under 30 years of age) will be held at the Memorial Chapel.
  • More information will be available about the exact schedule the final week of June.
  • Jump to Competitions page.

Sunday's Schedule

  • 11am-1pm: A French Affair Music Program, Union College Memorial Chapel. Free. Learn more.
  • 12 noon-6pm: Catered Reception with Music. Union College’s College Park Ballroom. $10 paid in advance or pay at the door (cash, check or credit card accepted). Children under 12 free (with paying adult).  Reservations appreciated. Learn more.
  • 2pm: Competition Winner's Recital, Union College Memorial Chapel. Free. Enjoy the talent of our Competition Winners. Pianists applied from the Capital Region and surrounding counties, New York City, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New Jersey and have engaged with musical institutions such as the New England Conservatory, the College of St. Rose, University of Maryland and Temple University’s Boyer College. Pianists have won in piano competitions sponsored by Julliard, MTNA, Capital District Council for Young Musicians, Steinway, Metropolitan Academy (NYC), Yamaha International and the Chopin International Hartford CT.


  • Shuttle Parking at Seward/ Nott Lot both days. On Sunday, shuttle will stop at the College Park Ballroom starting at 11:30 for the reception and additional parking. (College Park is the former Ramada Inn at 450 Nott Street – near Erie Blvd and Rivers Casino).

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